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Scientists Learn New Facts About Pluto's Moon

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NASA's New Horizons probe will fly by Pluto on July 14, becoming the first spacecraft to study Pluto. Here's what you need to know about the icy world. (Credit: Johns Hopkins University/NASA) NASA's New Horizons probe will fly by Pluto on July 14, becoming the first spacecraft to study Pluto. Here's what you need to know about the icy world. (Credit: Johns Hopkins University/NASA)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

NASA scientists are still making new discoveries about Pluto, more than a year after the New Horizons spacecraft first flew by the dwarf planet.

Thursday, scientists plan to reveal new information about Pluto's large moon, Charon. They've discovered the poles on Charon are a dark red color because of escaping gases from Pluto's atmosphere. Those gases end up coating Charon's frozen poles turning them a dark red color.

The New Horizons spacecraft first flew by Pluto more than 14 months ago. Since then, NASA scientists have been collecting a wealth of data about the planet and the outer solar system. 

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